Zoo Babies: Winter 2018 »
Check out the cutest newborns from zoos around the country and learn where you can see them.
3348 Mather Field RdRancho Cordova, CA 95670
Took my boy Tybalt in an emergency and took excellent care of him. Dr. t kept my husband and I aware of every aspect of his treatment over the dura…
9801 Old Winery PlSacramento, CA 95827
Had to have my dog go here for over night stay because she had a surgery and was not responding to the pain killer and needed an overnight IV drop! …
4990 Manzanita AveCarmichael, CA 95608
This location is fantastic. I think I only had to wait ONCE past my appointment time because they've had a pet emergency come in. I've been here for…
7751 Sunset AveFair Oaks, CA 95628
I have bounced from vet hospital to vet hospital in the Sacramento ara for years. Some were ok some were down right horrible. I was refered to Dr Gr…
9609 Bradshaw RdElk Grove, CA 95624
I don't understand why Bradshaw has a low star review...In my book you deserve a 5 star overall. I want to thank you all again for the great work yo…
18815 N Lower Sacramento RdWoodbridge, CA 95258
From Business: At VCA, your pet's health is our top priority and excellent service is our goal. We treat each pet knowing it is an extension of your family. Our dedicated staff …
1936 Del Paso RdSacramento, CA 95834
From Business: At VCA Natomas Animal Hospital, your pet's health is our top priority, and excellent service is our goal. We look forward to welcoming you and your pets. Our vete…
5447 Diablo DrSacramento, CA 95842
From Business: Dr. Daniel R. Lawer has been an active member of the Sacramento Valley Veterinary Medical Association since 1973 and is a past-president of the association. In Ja…
2939 Mather Field RdRancho Cordova, CA 95670
We have been taking our pets to Cordova Vet for over 24 years. Dr. Melissa Gates and her staff provide the best service at reasonable prices and I …
5910 Auburn BlvdCitrus Heights, CA 95621
This place is great. The prices are a lot more affordable than other clinics. That's is a welcome relief when you're already stressed about your pet…
7625 Freeport BlvdSacramento, CA 95832
From Business: VCA Mueller Pet Medical Center & The Pet Inn is a full-service veterinary facility offering compassionate, high quality and state-of-the-art medical care to resid…
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We have been taking our pets to Cordova Vet for over 24 years. Dr. Melissa Gates and her staff provide the best service at reasonable prices and I trust them completely with the care of our dogs and cats. From annual check ups to surgeries to dental care, they are the best. I would highly recommend their services to anyone who owns a dog or cat.
Love this place Let me start by saying i don't have a dog i have a cat and no one could give her a bath no one With this in mind i was still welcomed in and not only did she give her a bath she gave her a hair cut i so longed for Beautiful work Thank you so much I will never go anywhere else
Excellent ServiceI took my Boxer 'Riley' to this hospital and they were all really good with him. He had stopped eating and just wasn't himself. After some blood work and a sample of his lymph nodes it was determined he had lymphoma:( The vet and staff were very supportive. Unfortunately 'Riley' passed away 1 month later. I would definitely take my dog back there.
Took my boy Tybalt in an emergency and took excellent care of him. Dr. t kept my husband and I aware of every aspect of his treatment over the duration of his treatment. They were amazing. Highly recommend.
The caring staff at Banfield made the process of visiting the vet pleasurable from start to finish. Dr. Ho is thorough and genuinely interested in my dog's health. Their wellness plans make it possible to have necessary procedures done right away without paying the entire fee upfront. I would definitely recommend Banfield pet hospital to any pet parent.a
Not impressed. I took two animals to this office on different occasions. With each animal they wouldn't help unless I was willing to leave overnight and run up a big bill. The last time I was in she looked at my dog for two seconds, immediately referred me out, and left the room without so much as an explanation.
I boarded my dog at this kennel. We felt it was over priced and the customer service poor. The owner acted like a know it all when we try to discuss a health issue about our dog. The place was somewhat clean. Would not recommend.:(
Choosing the right vet for your pet can be tough. After all, your furry friend can't tell you how he or she feels about the doctor. Even though you're not the one treated by the vet, whoever your animal sees is obviously your decision. Since many veterinary diseases and injuries can turn into emergencies very quickly, it's important to have a go-to vet. This way, you can ensure you'll know whom to see when your animal needs care.
Speak to your friends and family about vets who've treated their pets. You can even talk to your groomer or an animal shelter worker for referrals. When you visit the clinics you've been referred to, check that the facility is clean, animals are separated and the staff is calm and courteous. Not all clinics are American Animal Hospital Association accredited. This accreditation isn't a legal necessity, though a clinic that's AAHA-accredited is guaranteed to offer high-quality medical care. To receive accreditation, the clinic has to meet the AAHA's standards in the areas of facility, equipment and quality care.
If you're looking for a specialist, you want to make sure he or she is board-certified to practice in that specific area of animal medicine. You'll want to make sure your vet is also convenient to visit, so there are factors to take into account.
The type of animal you own should play a part in which vet you choose as well. While your options are vast if you have a dog or cat, you may have to visit an avian clinic for your bird or an exotics clinic for your snake.
Just as there are many types of doctors, there are many types of vets. Some focus on livestock or house pets, while others may specialize in dentistry or surgery. They may work in a veterinary clinic or zoo, working specifically with the animals housed there, or travel to farms to work with livestock. Since horse racing and other equestrian activities are so popular, some vets are trained to work just with horses.
Diseases, like malaria and yellow fever are also transmitted through animals. Some vets have insight to diseases that affect both humans and animals. Vets have contributed to the treatment and cure of many diseases that plagued both humans and their furry friends.
Government agencies employ veterinarians as well. When an animal comes from a foreign land, these vets quarantine them and check for any diseases that may be present in an effort to control new diseases that can be brought into the country. Other Specific types of vets include:
A vet assistant works alongside the veterinarian and helps out around the clinic. In some cases, they may assist vets in surgery or restrain struggling animals during tests or lab work. The everyday duties of a veterinary assistant include; monitoring and caring for animals after surgery, keeping medical records, cleaning animals' teeth, feeding and bathing them, cleaning cages, sterilizing surgical equipment, giving animals medication, collecting samples for testing and performing laboratory tests, and offering grief counseling to pet owners.
It's a good idea to bring your pet to the vet regularly. This way, he or she becomes familiar and comfortable with the care providers, and you can stay on top of your pet's preventative care. If the animal is small enough, bring it to the office in a carrier. Just as you visit the doctor for a yearly check up, you should bring in your pet for regular check ups as well. During a routine veterinary visit, the vet will probably begin by asking you if there have been any changes in your pet's behavior or habits.
The vet will then take your pet's vitals, like weight, temperature, pulse and respiration rate, and perform a physical examination of the pet. During a physical exam, the vet checks the abdomen for swollen organs, and the legs, feet and joints for any potential problems. Depending on the age, breed or condition of your pet, your veterinarian may also check the eyes, ears and mouth.
When your vet conducts a full body examination, he or she will check out your pet's coat and skin, noting any hair loss, itchy spots or lumps. Keep note of your animal's shedding habits so you can let the vet know if anything seems abnormal. The vet will check for parasites, fleas, ticks, mites and heartworms as well.
Vaccinations are also important to your pet, especially if you have a cat or a dog, and your vet will suggest that you make sure they're current. Keeping up to date with vaccinations can prevent your furry friend from getting distemper, rabies, hepatitis and lyme disease. Some vaccinations last longer than others, so speak to your doctor about staying caught up with your animal's shots.
Just like your own health insurance, you want to make sure your animal is covered before he or she needs veterinary services. Some common animal surgeries can cost thousands of dollars, and you don't want to end up having to foot a surprise bill that costs more than your paycheck.
There's no set price for pet health insurance. Costs can depend on factors such as where you live, the age and breed of your pet, and how much coverage you want. Before you take out a pet insurance policy, you'll want to meet with your vet to go over what he or she thinks your animal should be covered for. Many vets believe that you should make sure cancer, chronic disease, hereditary and congenital disease, and common breed-related medical conditions are all addressed in your policy.
Some pet owners can't afford insurance for their pet, so there are other options to make paying for surprise pet visits as easy as possible. Some pet stores have wellness plans - which tend to be much cheaper than an insurance policy - that offer shots, check ups, screenings and discounts on various procedures your pet may need. A lot of veterinary offices offer payment plans for pricey procedures as well, as long as you have decent credit history. For a last-ditch option, there are even privately funded organizations that offer pet owners financial aid for their pet's treatments.